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Senate approves additional $1 billion to overhaul election system

For Immediate Release:

October 24, 2003

Contact:JIM ABRAMS

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) --

Intent on avoiding a repeat of the 2000 presidential election debacle, the Senate has added $1 billion to the president's request for funds to carry out improvements in the national voting system.

"In a time when we are committing billions of dollars in federal resources to build democracies around the world, we simply cannot afford to shortchange our own," said Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., before the Senate voted 63-31 Thursday to waive budget caps and increase funds for election reform in fiscal year 2004 from $500 million to $1.5 billion.

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Obey letter seeks deal with Regula

For Immediate Release:

October 28, 2003

Contact:Hans Nichols

The Hill

Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.) sent a highly personal letter to his “friend” Rep. Ralph Regula (R-Ohio) Friday, offering to ease the tension over the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education spending bill.

At the end of a three-page, single-spaced letter, Obey, ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee, pledged his party’s support for a package that Democrats had vigorously and uniformly opposed, in return for two proposed changes.

Transportation - Privatization Language Likely To Be Stripped From FAA Bill

For Immediate Release:

October 28, 2003

Contact:Zach Patton and Mark Wegner

CongressDaily

The FAA reauthorization will likely be sent back to a House-Senate conference committee tonight, potentially paving the way for Republicans to strip language from the bill that allows privatization of some air traffic control workers. The House Rules Committee will vote tonight on a motion to recommit the reauthorization, which sources close to the conference said they expect will pass. While in theory both Democratic and Republican conferees want to reopen the legislation to discuss

As Congress Readies To Recess, GOP Agenda's Stuck In Neutral

Democratic filibusters, Republican infighting can cause the gridlock

For Immediate Release:

October 29, 2003

Contact:SEAN HIGGINS

Investor's Business Daily

It's not just Red Sox and Cubs fans who are shouting, "Wait till next year!" So are Republicans in Congress.

With adjournment set for Nov. 7, most of the GOP's legislative agenda is stalled or otherwise in limbo.

The list of unfinished items is long: a prescription drug bill, an energy bill, tort reform and school vouchers, among others. Prospects for passage grow dimmer each day.

Lawmakers are working furiously to beat the clock.

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Locked Out of Conferences, Democrats Start to Retaliate

For Immediate Release:

October 23, 2003

Contact:Jonathan Allen

CQ

Democrats frustrated about being excluded from final negotiations on energy and Medicare legislation are striking back by blocking less prominent bills and accusing the GOP of abusing its majority power.

Several Senate Democrats said Wednesday that their votes to block a GOP bill (S 1751) to overhaul rules for class action lawsuits was, in part, a protest against the way Republican leaders are conducting conference committees on energy and Medicare.

HOYER OUTRAGED BY ARROGANT, HYPOCRITICAL DECISION TO LIMIT QUERIES

Responds to Reports that White House Will No Longer Entertain Questions from Democrats

For Immediate Release:

November 7, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to a news report in today’s Washington Post that the Bush White House will “not entertain any more questions from opposition lawmakers,” effectively preventing “Democrats from getting questions answered without the blessing of the GOP committee chairmen.”

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House Democrats on Edge of Forcing Vote on Extending Unemployment Insurance for Millions of Out of Work Americans

200 Members Sign Discharge Petition, 18 More Needed for Floor Action

For Immediate Release:

November 7, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after House Democrats succeeded in collecting 200 Democratic signatures on a “discharge petition” to force House consideration of H.Res.398, a rule which would allow consideration of H.R. 3244 (sponsored by Reps. Rangel/Cardin) and H.R. 3270 (Sponsored by Rep. Dunn).

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HOYER CALLS ON MAJORITY LEADER TO RESTORE BIPARTISANSHIP

“This Policy of Exclusion Offends Our Democratic Tradition”

For Immediate Release:

November 4, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – In a letter delivered to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (TX) this afternoon, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) expressed his deep concern with the tactics being utilized by Republican leaders in the House to exclude Democratic members from conference negotiations.  Representative Hoyer requested that Democratic conferees, as is tradition, be included in the conferences to which they were appointed.  Currently, many Democratic conferees are shut out of “conference” meetings.  The text of the letter is as follows:

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REPUBLICANS PLAYING POLITICS WITH AIR SAFETY

For Immediate Release:

October 31, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) lambasted the Republican FAA Reauthorization conference report on the House Floor today – particularly the absence of a prohibition of privatizing air traffic control towers, which was included in the original House and Senate bills.  The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

“Mr. Speaker, the Republican leadership has turned what should be a bipartisan achievement into a partisan travesty.

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REPUBLICAN LEADERS SHOULD PUT SAFETY FIRST, NOT WHITE HOUSE FAVORS

Democrats will Oppose FAA Reauthorization without Privatization Prohibition

For Immediate Release:

October 29, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) today released the following statement today criticizing Republicans for failing to include the privatization prohibition in the FAA Conference Report, which was in both the House and Senate passed bills:

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